This Sunday, Nov. 6th, over 100,000 runners will race 26.2 miles across five towering bridges through New York’s five unique boroughs in the 42nd ING New York City Marathon.
The mega-marathon that began with 55 finishers in Central Park in 1970 and moved to the five boroughs in 1976-starts at 9:10 a.m. (Eastern time) when the elite women get under way.
The race attracts many world-class professional athletes, not only for the more than $600,000 in prize money (male and female winners each receive $130,000) , but also for the chance to excel before two million cheering spectators and more than 300 million worldwide television viewers.
The 2010 winner, Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat, was forced to withdraw with a knee injury but there are plenty of other contenders among the pros competing for this year’s prize purse.
American Lauren Fleshman is making her marathon debut this weekend. She was seventh at 2011 World Championships 5000m, a 15-time NCAA All-American at Stanford University, and the USA Outdoor 5000m champion in 2006 and 2010.
Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba, who now resides in the Bronx, is the fastest-ever female New York marathoner and a favorite for this weekend’s race. She set a PR of 2:23:31 in San Diego this year